Visiting New York? Two New York Pass Hacks to Make the Most of your Trip

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If you want to see the sights of New York and you are wondering if the New York Pass is worth it here are some tips to help make up your mind.

Make a list

Before you do anything else take a look in your guide book and make a list of all of the things you want to do in New York. Now think about how many of them you can realistically do in the time you have available. Cross out anything that you won’t have time for.

Now you have your list you need to go through and price it all up.

This is what I wanted to do:

Compare the cost

Now you need to compare the cost of the New York Pass and how much you would spend doing all the things you want to do. For me to visit all of these attractions I wanted to in the time I had would cost a total of $185 and the cost of the 2 day New York Pass was $169. So it worked out cheaper for me to buy a Pass than not.

Fitting it all in

You need to be realistic. To do all of the things on my list in 2 days is almost impossible…almost! It isn’t for the faint-hearted! Which is why a lot of people chose not to do it but if you are worried about fitting it all in over 2 days never fear you don’t actually have to.

My 2 New York Pass Hacks

  1. Wait until day 2 to pick up your bus pass to ride the Big Bus. It lasts for 48 hours from when you pick it up so you don’t need to use it until day 3. It takes 2 hours to do the up town loop and 2 hours to do the downtown loop. So that’s your day 3 sorted!
  2. On day 2 head to Battery Park to get your Statue of Liberty/ Ellis Island tickets. The tickets are good for 3 days, so you don’t have to use them until day 4! You really do need to give this trip at least ½ day as it could take over an hour to get through security and that’s before you have even got on a boat!

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If you want to see the sights of New York and you are wondering if the New York Pass is worth if here are some tips to help make up your mind.

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20 Replies to “Visiting New York? Two New York Pass Hacks to Make the Most of your Trip”

  1. This is a very smart way to figure out if the NY Pass is worth the money you’ll pay for it. There is so much to see and do in NY that I think a lot of people get overwhelmed. It’s a smart idea to list out your top priorities so you make sure you’re getting in as much as possible!

    1. Thank you! NYC can be a headache and I put off doing the whole tourist thing for so long. It was a tough few days but I made it through haha. I think if I’d have tried to do this on my first trip I would have slept for a week after haha,

  2. These are some very useful tips on how to use the New York City Pass. I’ll definitely use the methods mentioned to work out if it’s value for money for me when I go. There are some very useful tips on how you can extend the pass and when to pick up the tickets for each point of interest / activity.

    1. It’s great IF there is a lot you want to do and you don’t mind having a few crazy days running around the city.

  3. Wow! That’s some awesome hacks there! I was calculating this when I got the annual pass for English Heritage sites in UK!
    Good to know that inspite of it being a 2 day pass, its effective for 4 days if used properly!
    I’m yet to visit the American continent and when I do, I’ll keep this in mind.

    1. It really makes a difference being able to spread it out!

  4. Thanks for sharing these hacks. It’s a great idea to compare the prices and spread out the activities like this. A lot of cities offer this tourist pass type thing now, so this is good advice beyond just New York as well.

    1. Yes I hadn’t really thought of that as I’ve never bought a pass like this anywhere else. But sitting down and listing what you want to do in an expensive city is a must!

  5. Very good calculation and analytical study of tickets and pass. It looks 2 day pass is money saviour deal. I am planning for New York and will save this in my itinerary.

    1. It is really worth it if you want to do all of the expensive things.

  6. Oh these are some great travel hacks. I wish I had known about the New York pass when I was there in 2018. I could’ve seen so much more than what I did. I love how you’ve listed the suggested entry prices. That and tipping always confuses me.

    1. Tipping kills me! My mums partner has a little cheat sheet for what to tip which has helped me get my head around it.

  7. What a great list of ideas. When trying to tackle a visit a place as massive as NYC it certainly helps to have things well-planned and organized to make the most of it. Learning from someone who has done it already can save time, money and frustration. It looks like you had it very well planned because that is a lot to do in only a couple of days.

    1. Thank you! I must admit I had been to NYC several times before and done very little. So this time I needed a plan of attack to get all the ‘tourist’ stuff done…so I wouldn’t have to do it again haha.

  8. I agree, the NY City Pass is cheaper if you want to visit several attractions! I have also tried the City Pass for other cities like Toronto. Another benefit is that there’s also a line in every attraction for City Pass ticket holders.

    1. Yes I looked at the City Pass too. Its a really good option 🙂

  9. wow thankyouuu it helps!! im going to NYC soon, so yeaa it’s great to see your blog 🙂
    btw, I hear that rockefeller building is way cheaper than empire state. so actually they have the same price?

    1. If I had to choose one I would do the rocker fella that way you can see the empire state and as its further, up town, you get an incredible view of midtown right the way downtown.

  10. I used to live in NYC but I have never used a New York Pass before. I can see how it is cheaper if you plan to see multiple attractions in just a few days! It not only saves money but also the time and struggle to plan your day trips!

    1. Thanks, Cat. Yes, it can save money so long as you pack your days full.

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